Womens health is not just for women, as we are all interconnected. Partners, friends, siblings, husbands and children can all be affected by womens wellbeing, especially when it involves issues such as pain, poor sleep, mood disorders and infertility.
A Chinese medicine approach
At Newtown Acupuncture Centre, we believe in an integrated approach to women's health. Imaging and lab results are all excellent tools to better understand your condition and it also helps guide our treatment and expectations. We encourage you to utilize the strengths of different approaches and also to be proactive with lifestyle, diet and emotional wellbeing for better outcomes.
Endometriosis - Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis. Menstrual periods are typically very painful, and bowel motions and urination can also become painful during menses. Pain during and after sex is another often reported symptom of endometriosis. Acupuncture can help you manage the symptoms of endometriosis.
Irregular Periods - There are a number of conditions that can cause irregular periods. If it happening frequently, and is not intentional with contraceptive use, then it may be worth investigating. Having regular periods may not be important for many people, however knowing why they are irregular is useful information, and especially if you are trying to conceive.
Infertility - We work with women to support ovarian function, the uterine environment and help balance the endocrine system and hormones. We advocate for the use of safe and gentle herbal formulas that match our traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis. If undergoing IVF or taking other strong medications, we would recommend you stop taking herbal medicine two weeks beforehand. Acupuncture has also been shown to help sperm quality and male fertility.
Pregnancy Care - We treat women throughout their pregnancy journey, and love being able to support them as first trimester rolls over to the 2nd and the 3rd! Pregnancy comes with a rather long list of discomforts and surprises, and we are more than happy to try and 'lighten the load.'
Menopause - The effects of menopause on a woman can be significant and include both physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Menopause is part of a natural life cycle for women, however it often increases the risk of other health conditions, making it an ideal time to take good care of yourself and support these changes with practices that aid sleep quality, reduce stress, and promote any body systems that are struggling.
Popular Herbal Formula's for support during peri-menopause and menopause
Potential Physical Signs & Symptoms
Tiredness & Fatigue
Joint and bone pain (bones become thinner)
Thinning hair/ dull hair
Dry skin/ lips/ eyes
Unusual skin sensations
Potential Psychological Symptoms
Irritability and mood swings
Loss of confidence
Difficulty sleeping/ waking easily or early
Fertility Support is based on the traditional formula called 'You Gui Wan' and is particularly used when a person lacks energy, feels cold easily, and finds it difficult to fall pregnant. This formula is ideal in the second phase of the menstrual cycle - the luteal phase.
The translation of this elegant formulas name is 'free and easy wandering powder.' Not exactly how women feel in the throws of PMS!
The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary dysmenorrhea - A systematic review and meta-analysis link
Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART): A systematic review and meta-analysis link
Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Management of Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized Controlled Trial link
Trajectories of Response to Acupuncture for Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms: the Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) link
Investigation of the role of herbal medicine, acupressure, and acupuncture in the menopausal symptoms: An evidence-based systematic review study link
Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis link
Effectiveness of acupuncture in polycystic ovary syndrome link